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5th Funda Mzantsi Championship
Date: 06-08 October 2014

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
Saving our heritage for the next generation

Date: 27 October 2014

2014 Theme: Archives at Risk - Much More to Do

UNESCO declared October 27 as the World Day for AV Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of AV documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them. Every year, activities are organized by different institutions worldwide around a theme to drum up interest in the event.

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National Library of South Africa Day
Date: 01 November 2014

Republic of South Africa before 1994 had two national libraries, namely, the South African Library, founded in 1818, in Cape Town, and the State Library, founded in 1887, in Pretoria. On the 1st November 1999 the two libraries were merged to form what is now called the National Library of South Africa in terms of the NLSA act.

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Social Media Workshop
Date: 12 November 2014

Are your organisation socially unforgettable? Do your organisation have a strong public profile? If not, you need a good social marketing strategy and skills. The Centre for the Book and the NLSA Corporate and International Relations Department will host a social marketing workshop on 12 November 2014 at CFB in Cape Town. Marinda Holtzhausen will facilitate this workshop.

Contact Anita Shaw at for more details.

World Aids Day
Date: 01 December 2014

World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Prevention, and is celebrated on 1 December each year. Governments and all sectors of society join hands on this day to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS around carefully proposed themes. The day creates an opportunity to show solidarity for the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

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Day of Reconciliation
Date: 16 December 2014

16 December is a day of great significance in South Africa because of two historical events that took place on that date.

In apartheid South Africa 16 December was known as Day of the Vow, as the Voortrekkers in preparation for the Battle of Blood River on 16 December 1838 against the Zulus took a vow before God that they would build a church and that they and their descendants would observe the day as a day of thanksgiving should they be granted victory.

The second historical event that took place on 16 December was in 1961, when Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC), was formed.

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